the Pot or Vase was called Pun-kalas or Purangatha in Sinhalese. This is a good luck symbol used in eastern art and one of the eight lucky symbols called Asata-mangalasymbols.

The Purangata  or The treasure vase or Urn of Wisdom represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, wisdom and the phenomenon of space.

It was used on all types of art in Sri Lanka from the ancinet times. It is a popular symbol used on coins from 2 Cent BC to 21st Cent AD.Some of the coins which has a pot or vase is shown below. The Pot is associated with the Bull-  Why so  needs be clarified by experts.

The Maya devi Coin [ called Lakshmi Plaque]

The  Dots around head /Narrow waist figure and Railed Swastika Coin- Found in Strata C 14 dated at Tissamaharama- German excavations

The Pot along with a Bull astride the Royal Emblem the Railed Swastika. The Railed swastika was the symbol by few Kings of the Island of Sri Lanka on their Seals.

The Bull and Pot Coin. These coins have many characteristics of the ancient Sinhala coins.

The Rectangular Bull Coinundated perhaps a coin of King Vahaba

The Bull with Pot under his head on the obverse and Four dots in circle on reverse

The Bull with Pot under head and on reverse side in Pot with flowers. The Pot, Swastika, Srivatsa and other lucky symbol over the Bull.

The Lion and Pot


These coins are mainly found in the Island in Jaffna, Anuradhapura and at Tissamaharama in fair quantities . They have many chracteristics of the other ancient Sri Lankan Coins and two lamps may be fore-runners to the two lamps on the Gold Kalanda series Type I of perhaps the 7 Cent AD. The have been associated with Pallavas and with South India. But only very few finds in the Indians soils. The art is also similar to the art of ancient temple of Sri lanka. The Pot in these coins are placed between two Lamp like marks. This practise is floowed on the Gold coins where the Standing figure is between two similar lamps in the quater and in the  Aka coins shown below. In some  coins of the Gold series the Lamp on the right is short. In the full Kalanda the Lamps are more elabourate and looks like Trees.

The Gold Series 8 -10 cent AD, This is the first recorded instance that the name of the Island and the value is mentioned on coins. The Island was known as Lak diva or Sri lak on inscriptions of Kings of late Anuradhapura priod to which these coins belong. The script is in Sri Lankan nagari found on our inscriptions, some on the letters are similar to the Sinhala script and hence could have been tead by an average Sri lankan. The value on coins according to Dr Paranavitane was Viha– twenty silver equvalent value; the Ka in the case of half Kalanda or Ada-kahapana, Ma in case of the quarter and Aka for the eighth. This is unique.

A Gold coin one of its kind, published in a leaflet of the Archeological Dept, found at Kuludiyapokuna. Here the usual Srivatsa found under the right hand of the Standing Figure is replaced by a Pot, over which is a Chank. Very little or nothing is written about this coin.

The Rare Adakahapana was stolen from the Colombo Museum in 2012, the stading figure is holding a Pot over which is a Chank-n a upside down question mark ?

A Pun-kalas is seen in the left hand of Nagaraja off a Guard stone in Anuradhapura period in the Ten Ruppee note of the 1970’s.

A Pot is decorated ,perhaps of Kandyam Period is on the 100 rupee note.

The Auspicious symbolon the 50th anniversary of the Central Bank Commemoration Coin has the Pun-kalas as one of the eight symbols.

The Pot is part of the official emblem found on modern coins.

The Pot/Punkalas/Purngatha is found on inscriptions that can be idenfied with Kings. The inscription of Parakramabahu I at Padaviya is one such instant.

Sena II Inscriptions too show Pots.

Kehelpota Inscription of Sena II

The images of Pots on seals and sealing are shown belowThe Pot found in Yantaragala from TB Karunaratna writings.




  1. you should publish a book with your studies for the future generation

  2. i have massa coin i want sale it please tell who buys coins ?

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